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of critical strategic issues in libya that could profoundly affect people around the world. barbara starr joins us live from washington. what are pentagon officials telling you tonight? >> reporter: good evening. the pentagon is keeping an eye on this crisis now 24/7. the concerns are very fundamental. and they start with the humanitarian crisis that we are seeing unfolding. but there is now a feeling that this violence inside libya will be a sustained conflict, if not a full-out civil war. and that is going to pose very significant problems, humanitarian problems, problems of political unrest in the region, and real concerns about what does the united states do, what does the world community do, if moammar gadhafi really opens up on libyan civilians, if he really goes after them full bore and you start to see mass killings? that is the nightmare scenario that we've all talked about, and that's what the obama administration, frankly, is struggling with right now. >> barbara, tell us about this, how bad can it get? we spoke about this earlier because, as reported before, many don't believe
right now and atika shubert in london and here in the u.s., barbara starr joins us from los angeles and retired general wesley clark will offer his analysis, as well. >> let's get straight to nic robertson standing by in tripoli in the thick of wit the gadhafi loyalists. earlier you were talking about loud blasts of anti-aircraft fire. what's the situation right now in tripoli? >> reporter: it's quite quiet. eerily quiet. we are hearing a few cars driving by on the road. the occasional sound of ma shun gun fire but short and sporadic. we heard several loud explosions followed by intense bursts of heavy anti-aircraf gun fire. and then a couple more explosions. and then those heavy bursts of gun fire again. we can't tell -- not able to tell what exactly caused the very large blasts but they did sound very similar to cruise missiles in their sort of size, sound and feel that the explosions had but again impossible for us to know what was hit. heavy anti-aircraft gun fire sounded and looked like from the sky an area close to the palace complex used by moammar gadhafi where earlier this
the next objective for allied forces? we'll check in with barbara starr and russel honore next. big deal is on a mission for priceline. uncovering hotel freebies like instant discounts, free-nights... ...and free breakfast at hotels in virtually every city. so, thanks to this large man in a little jetpack... you can search thousands of hotel freebies... right now only at priceline. >>> if you're just joining us, we want to reset the scene for you on the breaking news out of libya. a crushing missile strike pulverized a four story building in tripoli, part of a palace compound used to greet other national officials and vips. barbara starr joins us by phone with new infortion about this strike. what are your sources telling you tonight? >> caller: coalition military officials told our chris lawrence the compound was targeted because it specifically did contain military capabilities to exercise command and control over libyan forces, in other words, it would have provided gadhafi and his military team with the ability to communicate with their forces in the field, the exact thing the coalit
international. we want to go to barbara starr to give us a sense, barbara, if you will, the significance of this. frankfurt international airport, we were watching, we saw some live pictures just moments ago. this is a very busy, busy place for a lot of americans, but particularly american military. >> reporter: i've traveled through that airport to cover some military events and been given rides back and forth by the u.s. military. they've run regular shuttle buses, regular transportation from ramstein air basend the commercial hub which is frankfurt airport. this is a major transit facility for u.s. military forces moving all over europe and forces moving in and out of the war zone, if you will, on to the middle east. we're getting initial indications that they believe the victims were u.s. air force personnel headed as they say down range into the war zone region in to the middle east. they were security forces apparently headed off to that war zone area on deploy the. the question that is going to come to mind i'm sure is whether or not the alleged shooter knew they were military troops. oft
's pentagon correspondent barbara starr is monitoring that for us tonight. barbara, how bad do things have to get before there's some intervention? >> reporter: well, president obama, don, made it very clear this week that he wants the u.s. military and the u.s. government to be able to respond very rapidly if things do spin out of control. the pentagon looking at the situation still hour by hour, watching the rebel forces launch their attacks, watching the gadhafi forces counterattack. what we're looking at by all accounts is a period of sustained conflict, if not outright civil war in libya. it's going to get very messy and make it very tough for the u.s. military to even contemplate stepping in if libya civilians become you should attack by the gadhafi government. >> sustained attacks. let's talk worst case scenario. possibly chemical weapons? >> reporter: you just said it. the gadhafi regime has stocks of mustard gas. people will tell you technically it's not in the form of a weapon right now. but that may not much matter, to be blunt. the pentagon has said right now it thinks that mus
in japan and hawaii. ed henry live at the white house. and we heard from barbara starr that they're starting to onload supplies to try to -- that are already in that region to try to get some disaster relief out there. what is the white house saying this morning? >> you're absolutely right. this is going to be a massive u.s. response. not just because the fact that there are various u.s. states, but obviously japan a close ally to the united states. the president, i've been with him on two trips to japan in the last two years, very critical ally. we're being told by white house officials the president was informed by his chief of staff at 4:00 a.m. eastern time this morning about this massive earthquake. the resulting tsunami, as well. and we've just gotten this statement, a written statement from the president of the united states. "michelle and i send our deepest condolences to the people of japan. the united states stands ready to help the japanese people in this time of great trial. the friendship and alliance between or two nations is unshakable," the president says "and str
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at the damage the air strikes have cost the country. cnn's barbara starr has more on that. >> i think at first light now over libya there will begin to be this assessment of the damage caused by the initial strikes. did they get the libyan air defenses, the radars, the communications facilities, those surface-to-aramis aisle sites that the libya's man could bring down they're going to have to look at all of that and decide how much of it across this coastline of libya they got, how much is destroyed, and when it will be safe for pilots to begin to fly ore libya in this no-fly zone configuration. but, you know, it's really interesting. you've seen both sides rapidly put their cards on table here. the coalition side going for these very precise unmanned cruise missiles to go after these targets. and look on the other side of your screen. the libyans with their ground weapons in tripoli putting up anti-aircraft fire, tracer fire which isn't so dangerous but making a very public show of their force and really making point that they are in the cities, they're where the civilian populations are, and
to hold that thought here because we're going to hit that in a moment with barbara starr at the pentagon. but did you hear about this? what the taliban did just last week, it might have escaped your attention. it was an ugly, ugly scene. here is cnn's phil black. >> reporter: this is security camera video from a bank branch in eastern afghanistan. it is silent and shocking. it shows insurgents raiding the bank, shooting staff and customers randomly. gunmen are seen blasting people at close range. they're also seen firing wildly into the crowd of cowering men, women and children. they killed 40 people. mostly members of afghan security forces who were there picking up their pay. 70 more were injured. afghan and international forces fought the insurgents for hours. four of the attackers were killed, one survived. a man from pakistan, his name is kaan. afghan media were allowed to speak to him. he said he killed lots of people. he enjoyed doing it. it made him happy. this attack was just one in a wave of insurgent violence across afghanistan, among the targets was the police headquarters in
starr, pentagon correspondent. she's standing by as well. barbara, good morning. how is the pentagon, how is the defense department now mobilizing? >> reporter: good morning to both of you. at this hour the u.s. military doing a combination of things, getting themselves out of the way and standing by to offer assistance to those affected. first thing we should say, the u.s. navy, which has a very substantial presence in japan, of course, at this hour says they do believe all their personnel are accounted for. minor damage to some u.s. navy facilities in japan as far as they can tell right now. let's move ahead to what the military is doing in that region, and you'll forgive me. i'm going to read some information to you that we've just gotten in. a number of u.s. navy ships at this hour getting under way. the "uss essex," which is in malaysia, the u.s. navy telling us is "making preparations to depart malaysia as early as tonight." they want to get out of the way of any problems. the u.s. says "blue ridge," which arrived in singapore this morning is now onloading, putting disaster and
from pentagon correspondent barbara starr. can you give us the latest on the efforts by the united states to help? >> caller: randy and andrew, eight warships over the last several hours assembling, making their way toward japan. they have helicopters on board which is crucial to the relief effo effort. at this point, the entire u.s. navy seven fleet on alert to help if needed, if ordered. the first command carrying supplies loaded on to the "uss blue ridge" yesterday. the aircraft carrier ronald reagan expected in japan to lend a hand. let's take a look at the big picture for a minute. a lot of people may wonder with tens of thousands of u.s. troops stationed in japan, why isn't the u.s. military, right away, flying in trying to help survivors, trying to help with the relief effort. of course, they are in support of the japanese forces. japan, a sovereign country with its own capable forces leading the relief effort trying to help prioritizing, really. the u.s. military will work on behalf of the japanese. they will set the priorities and the u.s. military will help carry them out
in libya will be reliant on u.s. firepower as reluctant as the administration may be. barbara starr, exactly what happens from here? there's a big u.s. military presence in the region. what will they be doing? >> reporter: john, that is really the key question. because what you are seeing in these opening hours is a lot of diplomacy from various world capitals. a lot of big picture statements. but practically on the ground in the skies over libya, how does all this translate into a military operation that can really achieve what they're talking about, which is making gadhafi's forces pull back from benghazi, pull back from the other cities they hold? you have a number of warships in the region in the mediterranean, but that's pretty significant firepower. for them to fire their missiles into libyan cities to try and affect libyan forces and avoid civilians is very problematic. you have what the french of course this morning beginning to fly their war planes. how do you, however, organize and control such a massive air operation and set a strategy that again will really achieve that
alliances inching toward possible military involvement. cnn's barbara starr is at the pentagon for us. what does a surveillance flight typically involve and what does this mean for american involvement? >> reporter: well, kate, what is going on right now is nato, which has its own surveillance aircraft, is flying them, shall we say, around libya. not very likely they are flying into libyan air space. but over the mediterranean. basically keeping an eye on libyan air traffic control, radars often which involve commercial airport radars and just keeping an eye 24/7 now on what is happening in libyan air space. of course, the discussion around the international community is whether or not to establish a no-fly zone over libya to go all the way into doing that, which would essentially be a military operation going into libyan air space and taking out their radars and taking out some of their surface-to-air missile sites. it's a tough call right now. the obama administration says that option remains on the table. there is discussion at the u.n. there is discussion in nato, but nobody really will
wanted to take a look. we were told earlier by barbara starr that really the only way to rescue people is by helicopter. the u.s. military and the navy heading in there because this is what they've trained for and this is what they're going to need to help with. >> that's right. we've had an awful lot of i-reports into cnn center. and do keep those coming as long as you're safe to do so. let's take a look at the moment when the quake struck. this is one of our i-reporters. and needs to description. what many of our i-reporters said as they narrated the films was that it just went on and on and on. many of them say they've been in earthquakes in the region before, but this just went on and on and on. >> yeah, and a lot of them really build up. they is that right in some cases they start kind of quietly and i think the people realize they really are at risk and it builds. we've also seen plenty of flooding, practically a river running through the streets. and some of the pictures, you can see you have the water overtaking the town. we know that the water went in about 6 miles inland afte
karzais saying to general petraeus about an air strike that killed nine children. barbara starr joins us live from washington. barbara, what have you learned about this exchange between karzai and petraeus. >> reporter: they had a meeting in kabul earlier today and it did not go well. both sides are saying pretty much the same thing. general petraeus apologizing for this just terrible incident earlier -- well, late last week in which a u.s. helicopter air strike inadvertently killed nine afghan children. they were going after insurgents. they struck. instead, nine children said to be gathering firewood were killed. general petraeus again apologizing in person to karzai. but issuing a statement saying the apology is not enough, that the civilian casualties are unacceptable. and all of this game with unrest certainly amongst the people in afghanistan today. large numbers of people taking to the streets, protesting all of this. the whole issue of civilian casualties caused by u.s. forces has been a real flashpoint for many years now. and president karzai saying once again it is unacceptable
. the united states is promising to help. let's bring in our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. what's the u.s. military doing? >> reporter: well, the u.s. military is trying to weigh in and help where it can very rapidly. what they are trying to do right now is get some assessment information from the japanese to see where the priorities are, the devastation is so wide spread and so terrible, that, you know, somebody has to prioritize and decide where to begin on all of this, where to start looking for survivors who may be trapped. so as that assessment takes place as we see daylight unfold, dozens of u.s. navy assets may get involved. i want to just show you the map that we have plotted out. these dots will show you where about eight navy warships already across the pacific are getting under way and setting sail for japan. just off japan's east coast, the lead is the aircraft carrier "ronald reagan." it has a number of helicopters on board that will be able to help. other ships coming from malaysia and singapore, u.s. navy ships all over the place. what you are going to start seeing as thi
in libya. wolf? >> barbara starr at the pentagon, thanks for that report. >>> the new jersey governor chris christie says he could win the white house. jack cafferty has your e-mail, and the supreme court decides whether a controversial church can stage anti-gay protests at military funerals. s [ female announcer ] experience dual-action power, with listerine® whitening plus restoring rinse. it's the only listerine® that gets teeth two shades whiter and makes tooth enamel two times stronger. get dual-action listerine® whitening rinse. building whiter, stronger teeth. >>> we're going back to tripoli, the libyan capital in a few moments. there's gunfire right now that nic robertson has been hearing. stand by. we're getting new information on what's going on in libya, but i want to get to our strategy session right now. joining us, the democratic strategist and cnn political contributor, donna brazile, and the republican strategy, tony blankley who also worked as a press secretary for tony blankley who worked for former house speaker newt gingrich, when he was the house speaker. you think i
specifically asked for u.s. assistance. correspondent barbara starr joins us from the pentagon with details. what has japan asked for, and what will the u.s. provide, barbara? >> well, overnight, what we have seen hala and ali is the u.s. navy swing into action with some of of the big ships. a number of warships now headed to the region starting with the aircraft carrier "uss ronald reagan" expected to be in japan in 24 hours. it has two ships with it, and half a dozen or so additional warships. your see them there headed to japan picking up supplies in various parts of the pacific region, heading into japan trying to lend what assistance they can now that the japanese government has asked for help. but this effort is likely to grow. what we now know is that the pentagon has ordered all ships in the pacific fleet to be ready to go within 24 to 48 hours if the orders come. they want to mobilize as much as they can to be ready. there will be, as you just pointed out, a good deal of assistance from other countries, assistance from international organizations, but with the u.s. military joining
manned aircraft. barbara starr at the pentagon with more. explain this decision and it will put more american lives at risk possibly, right? >> what you have to understand about all of this, carol, this was the expected shift. they were going to start with unmanned cruise missiles, tomahawk cruise missiles to go after the air defense system. the communication systems significantly degraded enough that in the last 24 hours, no cruise missile strikes. more than 50 air strikes, strikes by manned aircraft both u.s. and coalition. now, does it put the pilot at risk? certainly to some extent but they think they can do this because those systems on the ground, those gadhafi weapons systems air defenses, radars have been destroyed to a very significant extent. they believe now as this no-fly zone begins to take full effect they can use the manned aircraft more and more to drop precision bombs on the targets they want to hit and now some of those targets most certainly do include gadhafi loyalist troops, weapons, those formations on the ground outside of key cities. that's one of the key targ
to target and kill specific people it's going after, don. >> barbara starr, thank you very much. let's bring back in cnn contributor russel honore from new orleans. you heard our pentagon correspondent. where's the evidence? did the reporters and the journalists who visited this site, where is the evidence that says what the coalition forces are saying about targeting this building or striking this building? >> well, it's interesting that this unfolded on television and you hear a gadhafi representative and then you hear a representative from the pentagon disputing that this was a legitimate target and the gadhafi forces said, hey, we weren't supposed to be target, and it's a pretty an interesting dilemma in warfare, might be one of the first ones we've seen where the forces are doing battle assessment over television. that being said, we have precision strike. the target we went after, if we had tried to do this, don, in the vietnam war, probably take a 20-aircraft package and b-52s to be able to hit that building. tonight, it was done with precision. and they went after the target and hit
understand from our barbara starr who you've spoken to many times, japan is leading these efforts. they're leading the call. they are calling the shots. but some are wondering why aren't we seeing more rescue efforts already? is this about politics? is this about pride? or could this also possibly be about who is paying the bill for these rescue efforts? how does it work? >> well, it could be a little bit of all of that. i would assume it's about coordination is what i'm hoping the problem is. ronald reagan is within two hours of getting inside capability to launch aircraft. but all of those can play a role when it comes to foreign aid in a disaster. that normally if it comes from the state department, then they would have to sort out the payback to the defense department for those expenditures. the other piece of it is right now the japanese self-defense force, by my count and open sources, have about 325 helicopters that can assist in and around that area. and the next thing the navy has been repositioning forces such as the third u.s. marine expeditionary force which has a large heli
. fred pleitgen in frankfurt. thank you. >>> next to barbara starr live at the pentagon. barbara, we're talking about a nato air strike that kills nine afghan civilians, including some children. what more do you know? >> reporter: well, brooke, nato is now acknowledging that at least some of the victims were children. they are not going as far as the afghan government to say all nine victims were children. only some of them. this was an air strike that happened yesterday in a remote area of eastern afghanistan. the strike called in after a u.s. base came under attack by insurgents. the military says there was some sort of military mistake between the site they were trying to target, the site they were trying to hit and the helicopters who engaged in this air strike. a terrible incident of civilian casualties. brooke? >> terrible incident after which general david petraeus is now apologizing. >> reporter: absolutely. afghan president hamid karzai coming out very strongly, very angry about this incident. general david petraeus issuing a statement of apology saying there will be a full
military men and commanders they say failed to respond. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. >> according to the pentagon, it estimates 80 to 90% sexual assault go unreported and 8% of cases that are investigated end in prosecution compared to 40% for civilians arrested for sex crimes. about 80% of those convicted are honorably discharged nonetheless. one woman who does know about sexual abuse and rape cases in the military rebecca jobson- stone survived a sexual assault in iraq and heads up a nonprofit that focus on sexual assault with an emphasis on military service members and others who often are not -- who are not the status quo. she joins us this morning to talk more about this issue and tell us about a upcoming event. thanks for coming in. >> thanks for having me>> i am sorry you have to be here to talk about something toe grim but it's brave of you to do this. >> thank you. >> why are you doing it? >> when i was in iraq, i went into -- i after my assault happened i said i know there's other service members who feel the same way as i do. and i know there are a lot ofother minoritie
effective at dealing with ground forces as barbara starr mentioned last hour on this network. but we'll see whether france and uk and perhaps some of the emirate aircraft have the updated technology necessary to enable them to conduct effective strikes against forces on the ground. once the fighting devolves into fighting in the cities sh it's going to be very hard for air power to be decisive in a role like that. and we could be faced with where the last rebel strong hold has fallen and then it's all about going after war crimes violations and other things. and you're escalating it to a different -- to a different level and different purpose at that point. so it's a very dynamic campaign and there are some huge risks. i'm glad to see the french taking the lead on this. i think it's appropriate. >> and to both generals, clark, you first. we heard president obama saying yesterday that no u.s. ground troops would be used here. so as you talked about the air support, french taking the lead right now, possibly depending on their technology whether the uk would be involved, do you have see a pot
barbara starr is joining us with some of the details. first, the good news is that the military base and our forces there are no damage, but obviously, the military is going to want to step in and try to help. >> oh, absolutely, suzanne as they have in the past. the pentagon telling us a short time ago that the japanese government has now made that official request for help. so, a number of u.s. navy warships are assembling and steaming toward japan. let's run it down for everybody so you can see the scope of the response which actually began to be assembled in the overnight hours. it starts with the "uss ronald reagan" one of the big u.s. navy carriers in the western pacific making its way to japan. the other ships also headed in that direction, "uss essex" in malaysia and "uss blue ridge" in singapore, and also two more ships in the southern pacific. what they are trying to do is to steam toward japan. they have held koericopters on and disaster supplies and amphibious land ing landing equ and as we have seen over the past few hours, massive flooding and roads are out, and highways
to the crisis as the crisis deepens and call for urgent call for aid. barbara starr is live at the pentagon. i understand you ran to the set because you haveing in new to tell us? >> reporter: carol, yesterday, president obama talked about authorizing military aircraft to go to neighboring tunisia to help pick up some of the refugees. we now know it is planned two u.s. military transport plans will land in tunisia later today and try and get going on this humanitarian relief effort. they will land on the tunisian side where those tens of thousands of refugees, many of them egyptians, are waiting in terrible conditions to try and get home, to try and get back to egypt. the two aircraft that land today will only be bringing in humanitarian supplies at this point. they are not yet fully authorized by the governments on the ground to pick up the refugees and take them back to egypt. that process is under way. many other nations, including the egyptians, of course, already making that effort. president obama made it very clear yesterday this may only be the beginning. he had some very interesting w
on that mission explains what it would take. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr is working the story for us. she has more. barbara? >> wolf, defense secretary robert gates has been saying for days that a no-fly zone over libya amounts to combat. i talked earlier today to a retired naval officer who has actually done it. it's been done before. in the no-fly zone over iraq, u.s. war planes patrolled for over a decade, bombing targets, trying to keep the iraqi military boxed in. retired admiral john nafman commanded piloting flying the missions. it wasn't always easy. >> in southern iraq we tried to blow up one of these sector operation centers probably ten different times. >> reporter: then ask nathman about libya. a 1986 bombing led to a u.s. retaliatory strike. nathman flew the lead f-18 fighter jet over libya. u.s. fighters fired missiles. >> i remember seeing one of them going off about ten miles off my nose, which blew up a brand new site just put in place by the libyans. >> he says the libyans were overwhelmed. >> i don't think the libyans had us on radar. i think they were surprised. i
weapons to try to stop the protesters in their tracks. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr was in the persian gulf. she's goinging us live with more. what's going on, barbara? >> well, wolf, i travelled to the persian gulf for a look at the international arms market as the region is reeling from up risings. libya is now nowhere to be seen. counter terrorism forces for the united arab-emirates touring an arms show. >> are you all tougher than the terrorists? >> yes. because we prepare very well. we able to beat them and control them very well. >> but ask about the political unrest these days. here at the largest weapons exhibit in the middle 'and africa, not talking about the current violence in the region is the rule. but these displays speak volumes about the current unrest shaking the region. new equipment that contractors are marking to middle eastern governments. a flashy display offered a computer system to monitor uprisings. >> we've combined traditional sensors, cameras that see what's going on in the city. but it also taps into the web and the social networks. it mo
details on the crash and the recovery, i want to bring in our pentagon correspondent barbara starr and also arwa damon who is in bengazi. i want to start with you, barbara, because you were essentially at the site. can you tell us what happened when those two crew members ejected from the plane pair shu -- parachuted to the ground and had no idea they were going to come across some civilians? >> they said they realized the fighter jet was in distress when they saw it crash. everyone living in the area rushed out of their homes, combing through. they did manage to find the weapons officer. you heard the colonel talking about in the beginning he was very hesitant to come out, not realizing if he was in friendly oren my territory. eventually he did make it safely out of libya. the colonel did tell us at some point during this rescue effort, whatever it was, the second fighter jet overhead or the other aircraft that came in, fired on civilians. the colonel said he believed it was because they were trying to protect their own men on the ground. five people were wounded, none of them lif
surveillance and inching toward possible military involvement. our cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr joins us live. barbara, tell us what this means. a surveillance flight. what does that typically involve? are there american pilots and planes involved in this? >> well, suzanne, at this point what we're really talking about are nato aircraft flying out of europe. and by all accounts flying over the mediterranean using that high-tech gear they have to keep an eye on the air traffic pattern inside libya, but not necessarily, of course, flying into libyan airspace. there is no international agreement about doing that, no international call to go into libya. so nato keeping an eye on that, even as these discussions go on about an official no-fly zone. and the u.s. view remains unchanged. that would have to happen under some sort of united nations or nato framework. that there would have to be an international consensus to do that. libyan aircraft again flying today against opposition forces, against libyan civilians, dropping bombs in key towns. the fighting ramping up. and that's puttin
in japan and now the tsunami and the aftermath as well with the global response. want to go to barbara starr at the u.s. pentagon, and the pentagon's role and the global response to this earthquake and the tsunami. barbara, i know that the u.s. navy is on ready. in fact, they are already sending the aircraft carrier the "ronald reagan," correct? >> reporter: absolutely. the u.s. military getting in position to help with all of this. the pentagon has order all of the ships in the fifth fleet to be ready to possibly move within 48 hours if ordered, but already, as you say, the "ronald reagan," an aircraft carrier with both fixed wing and helicopters on board is east of japan making its way there. a total of eight u.s. navy warships making their way towards japan from all over the region, malaysia, singapore, the philippines. what you should expect to see is some of these heavy helicopters, heavy lift helicopters move into this disaster zone. they are going to be able to carry in supplies, water, food, tents, if needed, medical supplies, and they will be able to carry out those japanese w
to get this over to barbara starr at the pentagon now. we've been talking about the possibility of a no-fly zone over libya. the objectives of which, of course, barbara one assumes would be to protect civilians who are being hit by air strikes from government forces from the sky and indeed at some point looking for an effective regime change. difficult to say at this point whether gadhafi's forces are targeting civilians or just targeting, and i use the word just loosely, just targeting armed rebels, and that will be important, won't, it as they come to a decision about what the international community does next. >> well, you know, i think that's right, becky. president obama here in washington has made very clear he wants the international community to be able to act very rapidly if you have this nightmare scenario of the gadhafi forces really opening up on libyan civilians if you start seeing wholesale bloodshed across the country. this may come from air strikes. it may also come from ground action by forces loyal to gadhafi, so this is very problematic. that's one of the things they
barbara starr live for us at the pentagon. good morning to you. good to see you as always. people have been trying to and the president was trying to make a distinction between this and george w. bush's policy at guantanamo bay. are they much different? >> t.j., it was a hallmark of the presidential campaign. the promise to shut down guantanamo bay. taking over reality, that is not going to happen. and the president is now issuing an executive order on a way ahead in guantanamo bay for the nearly 200 detainees alleged al qaeda and taliban terrorists that are being held there. some of it different than the bush administration. some not so different. here's three key things in the president's executive order. his road map ahead for guantanamo bay. he opens the way now for those military commissions, military trials to resume. that were being held under the bush administration. there will be some different rules of the road, but they will resume new charges can be brought against detainees. so it's back essentially to square one on that. with some protections for the detainees. indefinite
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